Director: Andrew Stanton
Original Release: 2003
My Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
It was really Family Movie Afternoon this week as we headed to the cinema to take in the re-release of the Pixar classic Finding Nemo in 3D. If any of the Pixar catalog is worthy of the full-immersion treatment, it is Nemo. Surround sound is also a definite bonus for appreciating an underwater adventure. As an added bonus, there's a Toy Story short included before the film entitled Partysaurus Rex.
During my carefree mid-20s, I went SCUBA diving a few times in Southeast Asia: Philippines and Malaysia. It is not exactly the world's most practical hobby - particularly in a landlocked state such as Vermont - nor the cheapest so I haven't been in years. Nemo reminds me of everything I loved about diving - the deceptive quiet as life's grand parade swims past. The colors and textures of the ocean floor inspire the feel of an alternate dimension, so much more subtle and complex than our own. The ecosystem is as fragile as it is beautiful. Humans are most certainly the invaders. Observing sea life is a privilege one should never take lightly.
For all its grandeur, Nemo retains a sweetness and a light humor throughout. The story is a simple one: Marlin, a clownfish voiced by Albert Brooks, goes in search of his lost son Nemo (Alexander Gould). Ellen Degeneres's Dori and director Andrew Stanton's Crush (the sea turtle) are particularly charming. And, of course, one can hardly go wrong casting Willem Defoe (Gill) in anything.
- The beauty of the ocean and the clever humor of the dialogue are enough to keep the grownups interested.
My Rating System:
5 = The best of the best. These are the films by which I judge other films.
4 = High quality films which I feel could hold up well in repeated viewings.
3 = The vast majority of films. They're fine. Once was enough.
2 = I wasn't even sure I wanted to finish it. It's not a 1 because I'm not prepared to say it's a terrible film - just not my cup of tea.
1 = A terrible film. An insult to the art form.